A group of Japanese tourists has been enjoying the view over the pacific and Pacific Islands from a small Japanese-made yacht.
The yacht is a small two-metre yacht, but it has a big reputation.
It was launched by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JSDF) Navy Vessel Yamato in 2015, and the crew took it to the waters off the Philippines coast for a few days of sightseeing, according to Japanese media.
It has now sailed more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the Japanese mainland, where it was purchased in 2015.
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s navy has been busy patrolling the Pacific waters, but this was the first time it has taken on a crew of more than 30 Japanese nationals.
The vessel has been seen taking on water in the waters of the Southern Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, and in the Bay of Bengal, Japan Maritime Coastguard’s spokesperson, Toshiyuki Takahashi, told reporters that the boat has been “very safe”.
The Japanese government is working on a plan to protect the coastlines of the region, and has ordered a team of about 25 naval personnel to monitor the waters.
It will then decide what action, if any, should be taken, Mr Takahash said.
Japan has been in the Pacific Ocean for nearly half a century, with its main islands spanning nearly 1,200 kilometres.
It has been a long time since Japan has had a fleet of warships and aircraft patrolling the region.
In 2015, Japan sent two patrol ships, the Hiryu-class corvette HMAS Aranjuez and the USS Kashiwa, which were used to patrol the region’s South China Seas.
The Philippines is home to more than 2.3 million people, and more than a million people have died in the region since the Second World War.